Kick off the New Year on the right foot by conquering three photography challenges
It’s that time of year again when we’re all making New Year’s resolutions to improve our diets, kick our bad habits and take care of all those things we keep putting off every year. Why not add to the annual to-do list with a handful of things to improve your photographic pursuits as well? Here are three suggestions to help get every photographer’s...
Learn to control aperture and shutter speed independently for technical and creative control
Many photographers have the same simple goal on their to-do lists: to learn to master manual exposure control. And while photographers shouldn’t feel bad for relying on automatic assistance, it’s understandable why so many of us want to get good at making manual exposures. It’s because manual exposure settings offer complete technical control,...
A different photographic style to shoot friends and family on the road
Text & Photography by Mark Edward Harris
A Backroads bicycle trip around Japan’s Noto Peninsula led to person-to-person cultural exchanges, making for a much deeper and more rewarding experience.
During four very different Backroads tours—hiking through the Japanese Alps, cycling around Japan’s Noto Peninsula, crossing western Cuba and biking/cruising down the Danube—I focused my cameras...
This simple lighting technique is an effective way to add shape and definition to portraits, tabletops and more
When photographers learn to use lighting controls, step one is the key light, which is the main illumination in a scene. Step two is learning about fill light, which adds illumination to the shadow side of the subject to prevent the shadows from being too dark and overly dramatic. In my opinion, though, the next step should be the reverse of fill light—when...
Send high-res photos easily with this iCloud-enabled trick
Have you ever tried to diagnose a computer problem over the telephone? It’s incredibly frustrating—usually because the person at the other end inevitably doesn’t understand much about computers. You might be surprised just how many people aren’t especially tech savvy. This is particularly problematic for photographers who want to send those...
Learn to overcome the challenges of winter subjects
Text & Photography by Brian Matiash
Snow is a challenging element to include in a composition. It can wreak havoc with exposure and make it difficult to direct your viewers. However, when you get a lock on proper exposure settings and add more prominent colors, it can be magical.
Shooting photos in snowy conditions brings with it a number of technical and compositional challenges that...
How sports photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. captures that unexpected moment
By Mark Edward Harris / Photography By Paul Kitagaki Jr.
Shawn Johnson (U.S.A.) captures the silver medal in the women’s individual all-around competition at the 2008 Olympics on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, in Beijing, China.
Like the athletes they capture, photographers have been gearing up for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Both have to be at the peak of their games to produce the desired outcomes.
What these lens specifications mean and how they impact the pictures we take
When shopping for a new lens, photographers are likely focusing first and foremost on focal length. But what, exactly, is the focal length of a lens, and how does it impact our pictures? And what about angle of view, does it go hand-in-hand with focal length? Here’s what these technical terms mean and how they impact your pictures.
Three easy tricks for beautiful lighting without much equipment
It can be easy for new photographers to feel like they have to have lots of pricey equipment in order to make great pictures. That feeling is exacerbated when it comes to lighting, where the options are abundant and expensive. The feeling is understandable, but it isn’t quite accurate. After all, lighting is free and accessible for all of us courtesy...
An introduction to the equipment and craft of candid street photography
Text & Photography By Mark Edward Harris
After a long day of photographing life and death along the Ganges in Varanasi, India, I came across a most unusual scene in a fabric shop.
When it comes to street photography, Joel Meyerowitz is among the giants. In one of my interviews with him, we talked about his early work in New York. He started his street photography with a 50mm lens on a 35mm...